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Essam Sharaf

Essam Sharaf is new Egyptian Prime Minister

Essam Sharaf 37%

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has submitted his resignation to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The council has accepted the resignation, and almost immediately announced the appointment of a successor, former transport minister, Essam Sharaf.

Shafiq's resignation comes on the eve of the planned "Friday of Determination" mass demonstrations, called for by the youth movements to demand the resignation of Ahmed Shafiq's government and the realization of a host of other revolutionary demands.

Essam Sharaf has been charged by the supreme council with forming the new cabinet. Sharaf was one of a handfull of ex-ministers who declared their support for the revolution in its early days, and is said to have joined the protesters in Tahrir Square days before ex-president Mubarak stepped down.

A professor of engineering who served under Mubarak from 2004-2006, Sharaf is well respected among the Egyptian public. He has been a vocal opponent of the Mubarak regime since leaving office and has been especiall critical of the collapse of public transport under the former president.

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Author: Ahmed Eleiba

Source: ahram

3 March 2011

 


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